Trees and shrubs - page 6

Majestic towering trees compete with emblematic shrubs to decorate gardens throughout the year. Here’s all you can expect from your shrubs and trees.

Reducing thuja, a battered look for a year, before bursting back!

Thuja, or Arborvitae, is a long-living tree that just keeps growing. If you miss a few pruning seasons, you’ll have to cut it back hard! Here’s what Michel experienced. Read also: Planting and caring for thuja Evergreen hedges, a good idea? Hedge pruning, timing, tips A short note before beginning, from Michel himself: I think […]
Large thuja needing to be cut back heavily

Italian Buckthorn

Italian Buckthorn facts Name – Rhamnus alaternus Family – Rhamnaceae Type – shrub Height – 10 to 16 feet (3 to 5 meters) Exposure – full sun, part sun Soil – ordinary Foliage – evergreen Flowering – March to May Planting Italian Buckthorn Plant in spring preferably. If you plant in fall, you might constrain its proper development and regrowth, especially if the winter is harsh in your area. […]
Red berries dot this rhamnus alaternus or mediterranean buckthorn

Pruning trees and shrubs

Sometimes, it’s better not to prune than to prune wrong. Before going crazy with your hand pruner in the garden, learn why to prune and the do’s and don’ts of pruning.
Pruned grapevine with a drop of sap oozing out

Phillyrea, a short olive-like tree for hardy climates

Phillyrea facts, a short list Name – Phillyrea Family – Oleaceae Type – shrub Height – 16 to 23 feet (5 to 7 meters) Exposure – full sun to shade Soil – ordinary Foliage – evergreen Flowering – April to June Planting phillyrea In fall or spring for potted shrubs. Only in fall for plants purchased with their roots bare. Follow our advice on planting shrubs Pruning phillyrea Follow our […]
Phillyrea shrub with fruits on it

Irresistible mock-orange!

This is one of the garden’s most enchanting and fragrant shrubs. Very accommodating, it settles in anywhere it’s planted, and gives the garden a romantic outlook with its cascade of white petals and its scent of fresh orange flowers. Very easy shrub to live with, mock-orange or Philadelphus produces excellent results in every garden and […]
Mock orange shrub in full bloom

Pink Peppercorn

Pink Peppercorn facts, a short list Name – Schinus molle Family – Anacardiaceae Type – tree Height – 50 to 65 feet (15 to 20 meters) Exposure – full sun Soil – ordinary Foliage – evergreen Flowering – May to September. Fruit formation – June to September Planting pink peppercorn It is recommended to plant pink peppercorn in spring, for it to […]
Pink peppercorn, or Schinus molle, tree with fruit

Grevillea, superb flower shrub

Grevillea junipera is a beautiful spring-blooming shrub, that is easy to grow in garden boxes, pots or in the garden.
Grevillea juniperina

How to plant a tree or shrub

Planting a shrub, rose tree or tree is an important phase in the life cycle of the plant you have just purchased. After having been grown in a container in a nursery or garden store, your plant will now
Planting trees and shrubs

Horse chestnut tree, are you up to a game of conkers?

The horse chestnut tree is a favorite of schoolyard autumn games: it produces the famed “conkers” which are an infinite source of childish enjoyment! Horse Chestnut tree facts Name – Aesculus hippocastanum Family – Spindaceae Type – tree Height – 50 to 150 feet (15 to 45 meters) Exposure – full sun Soil – rich and cool Foliage – deciduous Flowering – May Planting a horse chestnut tree The planting […]
Horse chestnut tree in a field

Elegant camellias

If roses are all the rage in summer, camellia easily takes the limelight during winter.
Red-and-white mottled camellia flowers are easy to grow.

Little weeping tree, why do you cry?

Who doesn’t feel a twinge of emotion upon seeing the wavy fronds of a weeping willow sway in the breeze? Those living waves of leaves that great artists and painters have forever tried to immortalize on their canvas?
Small weeping trees fronting a pond

Willow-leaf pear, a beautiful ornamental fruit tree with wispy leaves

This smallish pear tree has a bearing and leaves that closely resemble those of the weeping willow. Wispy leaves and sometimes weeping branches make willow-leaf pear a great ornamental tree in the garden. Willow-leaf pear key facts Name – Pyrus salicifolia Family – Rosaceae Type – tree Height – 16 to 32 feet (5 to 10 m) Exposure – full sun, part sun Soil – ordinary […]
Willow-leaf pear tree growing 10 feet tall

Coral tree, ablaze with flowers as leaves have yet to unfurl

The coral tree (Erythrina species) is actually a family of trees with incredible flowers. It’s part of the Fabaceae family. Core Coral tree facts Name – Erythrina Family – Fabaceae Type – shrub Height – 10 to 20 feet (3 to 6 meters) Exposure – full sun Soil – rich enough Foliage – deciduous Flowering – May to August Planting coral tree We recommend planting in spring. Refer to our […]
Coral tree, erythrina

Tamarillo, the tomato tree

The tamarillo is a fruit shrub native to the tropics which bears surprising fruits with firm flesh and a tangy, pungent taste.
Tamarillo

Hibiscus, a tropical sensation

The lively flower colors of the Hibiscus bring to mind the enchantment of tropical flora. Hibiscus also exist as shrubs that have adapted to our latitudes and stud our summer days with multicolored dream-like flowers.
Rose of Sharon hibiscus syriacus

Willows for gardens both big and small

More than 300 varieties of willows are accounted for today (Salix). Reaching up to different heights, these trees and shrubs are resilient and easy to grow.
Large willow weeping along the side of a lake

Exochorda, the pearl bush

Exochorda is one of the most spectacular flower shrubs thanks to its abundant white spring blooming.
White flowers of the Exochorda shrub
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